Photos by Madison Fortman

Photos by Madison Fortman

Article by Madison Fortman

Eating healthy can be a pain, but trendy new foods seem to make eating right easier than ever. With the rise of kale chips, quinoa and specialty salad shops, there are plenty of options that allow you to ditch the greasy slice of pizza or bag of barbeque chips. As the healthy food trend continues to grow, newcomers like the acai bowl are making a name for themselves as a new go-to power food that must be added to your diet.

I traveled to Bowl of Heaven in Hilldale Mall to try my first ever taste of the new food phenomenon: acai bowls. Approaching the counter, the big question I had was how exactly do you pronounce “acai” and, more importantly, what is acai? For starters the pronunciation breaks down to ah-sigh-ee, and it is an antioxidant rich berry that is found in the Amazon. Bowl of Heaven takes organic acai and blends it with a mixture of fruits into almost a smoothie in a bowl, without any ice, dairy or processed sugar.

Bowl of Heaven has many different types of acai bowls that have varying fruit blends. I decided to go with one of the best sellers: the peanut butter bowl. This bowl is a mixture of acai, bananas, strawberries, peanut butter, chocolate almond milk and MAQ 7, which is a blend of super fruits. This blend is then poured into a bowl and topped with organic granola made of hemp and flax seed, bananas, and honey.

Photos by Madison Fortman

Photos by Madison Fortman

After ordering this bowl, I had a huge concern that the peanut butter was going to be extremely rich and heavy, making the bowl hard to eat. I could not have been more mistaken. The bowl was not too rich from the peanut butter, but rather a perfect balanced between savory and sweet. The bananas and strawberries complemented the peanut butter to make an acai bowl that I could not eat fast enough. The granola added crunch and more substance to the dish, making the bowl seem more like a proper breakfast instead of just a big serving of yogurt. The fresh banana and honey brought to the dish an additional sweetness that accommodated a sweet tooth, without feeling like you were having a sugar rush. The pairing of sweet and savory flavors in addition to the smooth acai blend and the crunchy granola truly makes the acai bowl a force to be reckoned with. After trying one it is easy to see why this food is all the rage.

Bowl of Heaven is a must if you want to try this new food phenomenon. Feel free to also try a fresh juice or smoothie while you are there. The storefront is small, but there are a few tables where you can sit down and enjoy your bowl. Bowl of Heaven screams fresh, trendy and healthy with its airy vibe and the use of natural accents like wood tables and wall paneling.

Like many healthy food trends, acai bowls do tend to do be a little pricier because of the nature of the ingredients that are used to make them. With the organic ingredients and fresh fruit, people should be prepared to spend around $8 – $10 for a bowl. Bowl of Heaven offers two sizes, regular and large. I ordered a regular and think it was plenty big and the perfect dish to have for breakfast or even an afternoon snack.

Going to Bowl of Heaven is a must. Hop on the acai bandwagon and understand why the acai bowls, and eating healthy, is in fact all it is cracked up to be.

Photos by Madison Fortman

Photos by Madison Fortman

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